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No room for complacency
Well done to all those who have played their part in Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands ensuring we have lower Covid-19 rates than anywhere else in Argyll and Bute, and in Argyll having lower rates than other local authorities.
It’s not always helpful to scrutinise figures, of which there are so many, but sometimes it provides some positive news – in this instance, showing that the sacrifices we are making are helping to limit cases.
However, we should not let this positive news allow us to become complacent – the only reason the rate is as low as it is in Kintyre is because the majority of us adhere to the lockdown rules. Any relaxation of this could have a huge impact in making those figures rise.
And it is not a competition – devastatingly, more than 100,000 people across the UK have now died with Covid-19. We are all in this together and it is as a nation that we need to overcome this unprecedented challenge.
At least our young people were able to put the pandemic to the back of their minds to enjoy the snow for a couple of days last week – moments of excitement must be few and far between at the moment, so it is fantastic that they were able to enjoy the snow safely.